Prophets in America circa 1830: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nat Turner, Joseph Smith


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© Oxford University Press, 2013. This chapter finds that by contextualizing Smith's history as prophetic autobiography alongside Nat Turner's, uncannily similar aspects emerge. As a result, what the chapter calls a history of prophetism takes shape that delineates some of the forms and tragic consequences of prophetic selfassertion. The implications may be translatable across a spectrum of times and cultures.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brodhead, RH

Published Date

  • January 1, 2009

Book Title

  • Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780195369786

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.002

Citation Source

  • Scopus